David B. Dunson

David B. Dunson
  • Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistical Science
  • Professor of Statistical Science
  • Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Secondary)
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
External address: 218 Old Chemistry Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: Box 90251, Durham, NC 27708-0251
Phone: (919) 684-8025

Development of Bayesian statistical methods and approaches for uncertainty quantification motivated by applications with complex and high-dimensional data.  A particular interest is in high-dimensional low sample size data in which it is necessary to incorporate dimensional reduction through carefully designed prior distributions and challenges arise in efficiently computing posterior approximations. Ongoing focus areas include new algorithms for approximating posterior distributions in big data settings, nonparametric Bayes probability modeling allowing for uncertainty in distributional assumptions, analysis of network data, incorporating physical and geometric prior knowledge in modeling and novel models for dimension reduction for "object data" (functions, tensors, shapes, etc).  Primary application areas include genomics, neurosciences, epidemiology, and reproductive studies but with much broader interests in developing new methods motivated by difficult applications (in art, music, radar, imaging processing, etc).

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., Emory University 1997

  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University 1994

Kabisa, ST, Dunson, DB, and Morris, JS. "Online Variational Bayes Inference for High-Dimensional Correlated Data." Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 25.2 (April 2, 2016): 426-444. Full Text

Yang, Y, and Dunson, DB. "Bayesian manifold regression." The Annals of Statistics 44.2 (April 2016): 876-905. Full Text

Zhou, J, Herring, AH, Bhattacharya, A, Olshan, AF, Dunson, DB, and National Birth Defects Prevention Study, . "Nonparametric Bayes modeling for case control studies with many predictors." Biometrics 72.1 (March 2016): 184-192. Full Text

Tang, K, Dunson, DB, Su, Z, Liu, R, Zhang, J, and Dong, J. "Subspace segmentation by dense block and sparse representation." Neural networks : the official journal of the International Neural Network Society 75 (March 2016): 66-76. Full Text

Kunihama, T, and Dunson, DB. "Nonparametric Bayes inference on conditional independence." Biometrika 103.1 (March 2016): 35-47. Full Text

Canale, A, and Dunson, DB. "Multiscale Bernstein polynomials for densities." Statistica Sinica (2016). Full Text

Chabout, J, Sarkar, A, Patel, SR, Radden, T, Dunson, DB, Fisher, SE, and Jarvis, ED. "A Foxp2 Mutation Implicated in Human Speech Deficits Alters Sequencing of Ultrasonic Vocalizations in Adult Male Mice." Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 10 (January 2016): 197-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Yin, R, Cornelis, B, Fodor, G, Ocon, N, Dunson, D, and Daubechies, I. "Removing Cradle Artifacts in X-Ray Images of Paintings." SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences 9.3 (January 2016): 1247-1272. Full Text

Bhattacharya, A, Pati, D, Pillai, NS, and Dunson, DB. "Dirichlet-Laplace priors for optimal shrinkage." Journal of the American Statistical Association 110.512 (December 2015): 1479-1490. Full Text

Fox, EB, Dunson, DB, and Airoldi, EM. "Bayesian nonparametric covariance regression." Journal of Machine Learning Research 16 (December 1, 2015): 2501-2542.